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A Fabulous Foursome

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A Fabulous Foursome

No week goes by without a string of Summerhill Ready To Run graduates claiming their place in the winner’s box, and this was no exception.

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TELLINA 'TE GOED' IN THE GAUTENG GUINEAS

Tellina wins the Betting World Gauteng Guineas
Tellina wins the Betting World Gauteng Guineas

Click above to watch Tellina winning the Betting World Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2)

(Image : RA - Footage : SuperSport)

BETTING WORLD GAUTENG GUINEAS (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

2 March 2013

#

Lbh

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

TELLINA

58.0

88

7

R Fradd

Geoff Woodruff

2

0.50

WAR HORSE

58.0

98

16

S Chambers

Corne Spies

3

0.55

KILLUA CASTLE (AUS)

58.0

96

2

M Odendaal

Geoff Woodruff

4

1.00

NO WORRIES

58.0

90

4

B Lerena

Gavin van Zyl

5

1.05

GITIANO

58.0

95

8

D David

Alec Laird

6

3.00

FRANCOIS BERNARDUS

58.0

101

10

P Strydom

Tyrone Zackey

7

3.50

LOVE STRUCK

58.0

99

5

A Marcus

Paul Lafferty

8

4.25

SABADELL

58.0

96

19

B Fayd’Herbe

Geoff Woodruff

9

6.50

ALEXANDRA PALACE

58.0

92

6

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

10

8.00

EMERALD APPROACH

58.0

95

13

G Lerena

Mike de Kock

11

9.25

CANNON

58.0

83

17

G Wrogemann

Mike de Kock

12

9.75

ZESTFUL

58.0

94

1

M Vand Rensburg

Stuart Pettigrew

13

10.00

DONNIE BRASCO

58.0

91

11

G Hatt

Paul Peter

14

11.00

ROCK OF ARTS (AUS)

58.0

92

15

K Shea

Weiho Marwing

15

13.50

SWIFT AND STRONG

58.0

93

3

R Danielson

Sean Tarry

16

30.00

FANTASTIC MR FOX

58.0

96

14

R Simons

Paul Matchett

Late Scratchings

17

0.00

AMERICAN STORM

58.0

91

18

K Zechner

Spike Lerena

18

0.00

THE KING AND I

58.0

82

9

Reserve 2

Sean Tarry

19

0.00

COOKIE MONSTER

58.0

78

12

Reserve 3

Roy Magner

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

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GOING TO THE GUINEAS

Love Struck - Breeders' Cup Politician Stakes
Love Struck - Breeders' Cup Politician Stakes

Click above to watch Love Struck winning the Breeders’ Cup Politician Stakes (Listed)

(Image : Gold Circle - Footage : Tellytrack)

GAUTENG GUINEAS DAY

Turffontein, 2 March 2013

Earlier in the week, we mentioned that twelve of the nominees for the Colts and Fillies Guineas had Summerhill connections. The final acceptances are now in, and seven of them have stood their ground, five in the colt’s version and two in the fillies. Topping the Summerhill assault for the R1million prize is Paul Lafferty’s debonair Love Struck, who took the laurels in the Politician Stakes over 1800m on J&B Met day in Cape Town, in his last racecourse appearance. He has the honour of carrying the No.1 saddlecloth as the highest-rated horse in the race, and while there will be those who will argue that he appears to be more effective over more ground, expect him to be troubling the judges when they get to the business end. That assumes, of course, that the aversion of most Cape Town conditioners against racing on the Rand fresh out of the Cape season, is more myth than reality. His biggest concerns are likely to come from War Horse, Fantastic Mr Fox and another Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Killua Castle, though these early Classics are often capable of surprise, staged at a time when young horses are improving rapidly.

If Fantastic Mr Fox is part of your mix, you’d have to think that the aptly-named Cookie Monster (a R340,000 Summerhill Ready To Run graduate) comes right into it, having finished just 0.3 of a length behind this adversary last time, provided he gets a run. Beyond them, both Gitianoand No Worries have shown themselves to have special talents if the right horse pitches up on the day, so strap yourself in for an intriguing battle.

On the fillies side, we’re represented by the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup runner-up Negev, who is once again drawn in the sticks. That hasn’t deterred Piere Strydom from taking the ride, and her second place finish two weeks ago in her first outing in a while suggests she should be spot on for Saturday. The opposition is pretty formidable though, and while her contemporaries have closed the gap a little in recent times on Cherry On The Top, the turnaround in the weights could prove decisive. That applies to King’s Temptress and Fire Wheel as well, though Mike de Kock has the highly talented import, Espumanti going out with an unblemished record in Mary Slack’s black and scarlet colours. Fortitude makes up the Summerhill coupling, and anything can happen in a programme jammed with Black type racing.

The betting tells its own story.

Betting World Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

2 March 2013

#

Horse

Current

11

ALEXANDRA PALACE

4/1

7

FRANCOIS BERNARDUS

4/1

2

WAR HORSE

6/1

1

LOVE STRUCK

7/1

16

TELLINA

10/1

3

FANTASTIC MR FOX

12/1

10

SWIFT AND STRONG

14/1

4

KILLUA CASTLE (AUS)

16/1

17

CANNON

16/1

6

EMERALD APPROACH

20/1

9

ZESTFUL

20/1

15

NO WORRIES

25/1

8

GITIANO

25/1

14

DONNIE BRASCO

25/1

5

SABADELL

25/1

12

ROCK OF ARTS (AUS)

25/1

Reserve Runners

18

THE KING AND I

19

COOKIE MONSTER

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

2 March 2013

#

Horse

Kg

16

ESPUMANTI (GB)

9/10

1

CHERRY ON THE TOP

7/1

3

FIRE WHEEL

7/1

2

KING’S TEMPTRESS

8/1

7

SKY PIRATE

12/1

4

NEGEV

16/1

12

DO YOU REMEMBER

20/1

10

TAYBA

25/1

17

SECRET OBSESSION

40/1

14

JET BELLE

50/1

5

WOOD NYMPH

50/1

6

AL KINDI

50/1

9

AMBER ORCHID (AUS)

50/1

8

MARGOT ON STAGE

50/1

13

SHOW TIME

66/1

15

LUALA

66/1

Reserve Runners

18

FORTITUDE

19

CAT’S GAME

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

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IT'S GAUTENG GUINEAS TIME

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup 2012
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup 2012

Click above to watch Rock Of Arts, Negev and Killua Castle fighting out November’s R2.5 Million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

GAUTENG GUINEAS DAY

Turffontein, 2 March 2013

This weekend is ‘Guineas Weekend’ in Joburg, and most times, it’s the place which separates the wheat from the chaff. Many a champion has been born on ‘Guineas Day’ at Turffontein, and we’ve had our share, particularly in recent years with the likes of Imbongi, Pierre Jourdan and Fisani, not to mention a stream of other cheque earners.

We’re well represented among the final field this year, with no fewer than seven with Summerhill connections.

Here are the two fields :

Betting World Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

2 March 2013

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

LOVE STRUCK

58.0

99

5

A Marcus

Paul Lafferty

2

WAR HORSE

58.0

98

16

S Chambers

Corne Spies

3

FANTASTIC MR FOX

58.0

96

14

R Simons

Paul Matchett

4

KILLUA CASTLE (AUS)

58.0

96

2

M Mienie

Geoff Woodruff

5

SABADELL

58.0

96

19

B Fayd’Herbe

Geoff Woodruff

6

EMERALD APPROACH

58.0

95

13

G Lerena

Mike de Kock

7

FRANCOIS BERNARDUS

58.0

101

10

P Strydom

Tyrone Zackey

8

GITIANO

58.0

95

8

D David

Alec Laird

9

ZESTFUL

58.0

94

1

M Vand Rensburg

Stuart Pettigrew

10

SWIFT AND STRONG

58.0

93

3

R Danielson

Sean Tarry

11

ALEXANDRA PALACE

58.0

92

6

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

12

ROCK OF ARTS (AUS)

58.0

92

15

K Shea

Weiho Marwing

13

AMERICAN STORM

58.0

91

18

K Zechner

Spike Lerena

14

DONNIE BRASCO

58.0

91

11

G Hatt

Paul Peter

15

NO WORRIES

58.0

90

4

B Lerena

Gavin van Zyl

16

TELLINA

58.0

88

7

R Fradd

Geoff Woodruff

Reserve Runners

17

CANNON

58.0

83

17

Reserve 1

Mike de Kock

18

THE KING AND I

58.0

82

9

Reserve 2

Sean Tarry

19

COOKIE MONSTER

58.0

78

12

Reserve 3

Roy Magner

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

2 March 2013

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

CHERRY ON THE TOP

58.0

101

16

*N Juglall

Ormond Ferraris

2

KING’S TEMPTRESS

58.0

99

11

R Fradd

Kumaran Naidoo

3

FIRE WHEEL

58.0

96

3

A Marcus

Sean Tarry

4

NEGEV

58.0

90

13

P Strydom

Louis Goosen

5

WOOD NYMPH

58.0

89

14

D David

Mike Azzie

6

AL KINDI

58.0

87

19

G Lerena

Mike de Kock

7

SKY PIRATE

58.0

88

1

M Odendaal

Weiho Marwing

8

MARGOT ON STAGE

58.0

87

9

K Zechner

Roy Magner

9

AMBER ORCHID (AUS)

58.0

85

15

K Shea

Sean Tarry

10

TAYBA

58.0

90

7

R Simons

Mike de Kock

11

ANEEFA (AUS)

58.0

84

10

R Danielson

Mike de Kock

12

DO YOU REMEMBER

58.0

83

8

B Fayd’Herbe

Geoff Woodruff

13

SHOW TIME

58.0

83

17

F Herholdt

Steven Janse van Rensburg

14

JET BELLE

58.0

81

18

G Wogemann

Robbie Sage

15

LUALA

58.0

80

12

S Chambers

Stephen Moffatt

16

ESPUMANTI (GB)

56.0

97

2

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

Reserve Runners

17

SECRET OBSESSION

58.0

80

6

Reserve 1

Geoff Woodruff

18

FORTITUDE

58.0

79

4

Reserve 2

Lucky Houdalakis

19

CAT’S GAME

58.0

80

5

Reserve 3

Stanley Ferreira

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

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HAPPY HUNTING GROUND

Pierre Jourdan - Gauteng Guineas 2010
Pierre Jourdan - Gauteng Guineas 2010

Click above to watch Pierre Jourdan winning the 2010 Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2)

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : SuperSport)

EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN SALE

School Of Excellence, Summerhill Stud, Mooi River

20 February 2013

The precincts of Jo’burg in general and Turffontein racecourse in particular, have been serendipitous venues for Summerhill-breds in recent years, contributing hoards to the lucre that’ve earnt us our championships. As lucrative a source as any of this bounty has been the Colts and Fillies versions of the Gauteng Guineas, where the past few seasons alone have produced victories for Imbongi, Pierre Jourdanand Fisani, and several place-getters. Scour the entries for these events any year you like, and you’ll find a slew of Summerhill-connected runners among them.

This year’s renewals are no different, with eleven (six colts and five fillies) slated to run in the first week in March. With the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run scheduled for next Wednesday 20th at the School of Excellence on Summerhill, it’s worth mentioning that seven of the ten are graduates of Ready To Run sales, and two of them were part of the small inaugural catalogue last year. While there are no guarantees in this game, it’s a fair bet there’ll be more than a few of those again in next week’s line-up.

summerhill stud
summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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GAUTENG COLTS AND FILLIES GUINEAS : LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Igugu winner of the Gauteng Fillies Guineas
Igugu winner of the Gauteng Fillies Guineas

Igugu (Aus) - Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2)

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

“THE BLOSSOMING GUINEAS ROMANCE”

If you’re anything of a statistician, you’d be forgiven for believing there was a blossoming romance developing between graduates of the Summerhill paddocks and the Gauteng Colts and Fillies Guineas. The procession led by Mike de Kock’s Igugu and Charles Laird’s Hollywoodboulevard in Saturday’s renewal of the Fillies Guineas marked the fourth victory for the farm in the past three seasons, commencing in 2009 with Imbongi (Colts Guineas), the exacta of Pierre Jourdan and Havasha in the Colts, and Fisani in the Fillies equivalent in 2010.

It’s a fairly conventional bet that, together with Ebony Flyer, the duo of Igugu and Hollywoodboulevard are the best Three Year Old fillies in the land, and race goers have a mouth-watering prospect to look forward to when this trio finally race in KZN this winter. For the time being, its one all between the Summerhill pair (Hollywoodboulevard prevailed in the R1,5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup,) while Igugu took her revenge over the extra furlong Saturday, and the latter will be looking to avenge her half length loss to the “Flyer” in the Cape Fillies Guineas.

This was the first outing for Igugu since Sheikh Mohammed acquired Summerhill’s residual interest in the filly, and she is now headed via the Triple Tiara for the Vodacom Durban July (Africa’s greatest horserace) on the first Saturday in July. Quite apart from the huge sense of reward our old friend Andre Macdonald must be feeling for his R1 million purchase, Igugu’s win is another feather in the cap of “Sheikh Mo’s” already spectacular summer of racing bliss. His big pay day, it seems, looks likely to be a month hence at the Dubai World Cup meeting.

Summerhill graduates celebrated a few other big cheques on the weekend, as Arabian Mist suffered an exasperating defeat under top weight in the Hawaii Stakes (Gr2), Fisani approached her best again in the Acacia (Gr3) with the riding tactics, Dolomite went close in the Aquanaut (Gr3), and Maji Moto gave notice he is a Stakes class racehorse with a two-in-a-row romp in the last.

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DUBAI OR JOBURG, EITHER WAY IT'S DE KOCK

South African Trainers Mike de Kock and Charles Laird
South African Trainers Mike de Kock and Charles Laird

Mike de Kock and Charles Laird

(Image : Heather Morkel / Kayleigh Leisegang / SA AlaCarte)

GAUTENG COLTS AND FILLIES GUINEAS

Turffontein, 26 February 2011

The unstoppable Mike de Kock train demolishing everything in its way in Dubai, erupts back into action at Turffontein Saturday with the running of the Gauteng Colts and Fillies Guineas. Followers of these columns will recall that Summerhill-breds have made the colt’s guineas something of a monopoly in the past two seasons, with first Imbongi taking the 2009 version, and Pierre Jourdan leading Havasha in a one-two last year. Astonishingly, the 2010 Fillies Guineas fell to yet another Summerhill Ready To Run graduate in Fisani on the same day, de Kock having been associated with three of the four protagonists, Imbongi, Havasha and Fisani.

In the Fillies guineas on Saturday, he has another very powerful hand in the R1million graduate of the Summerhill draft at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, in Igugu, an extremely talented daughter of the world’s best stallion of 2010, Galileo. Her principal opposition comes from another yard which has known great success over the years through its association with Summerhill in the likes of champions Nhlavini and Rebel King. Charles Laird saddles the outstanding Hollywoodboulevard for Markus and Ingrid Jooste, and as the winner of her last four in a row, including a victory over Igugu in the R1,5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, this Ready To Run product is likely to make things decidedly tough for the de Kock inmate. While we’ve made this out to be something of a two-way struggle, (and it would be surprising if it wasn’t), the group one winning daughter of Europe’s new sire sensation, Dubawi, the Sean Tarry-trainedHappy Archer is already a Group One winner, while Without Malice and Welwitschia could make something of a race of it.

In the Colts Guineas, Summerhill, for the first time in some years, is without representation, but once again, it looks like a de Kock/Laird battle for the ages. Laird goes in singularly with Galileo’s Destiny, while de Kock’s punch will come from the Rock Of Gibraltar colt, Perana, and the two in-form South Africans, Kavanagh and Link Man.

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RACING EXPRESS HONOURS PIERRE JOURDAN

pierre jourdan peermont emperors palace ready to run cup 2009 video
pierre jourdan peermont emperors palace ready to run cup 2009 video

Click above to watch Pierre Jourdan and Fisani in the

2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

(Footage : Tellytrack)

PIERRE JOURDAN

STAR OF THE MONTH : FEBRUARY 2010

Racing Express has honoured Pierre Jourdan with the distinction of “Star Of The Month” for February 2010 following his victories in the Tony Ruffel Stakes (Grade 3) and the Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2). In the process Pierre Jourdan took his career earnings to over the R1,6 million mark, from just six starts, for owners Emilio Baisero and Gary Alexander.

Gary Alexander had said last week prior to the Gauteng Guineas : “We’ll know what we’ve got after this race.” That, in spite of the fact that his stable star, Pierre Jourdan, had won four of his five races, including two feature races, and only been pipped in the other after a layoff.

By Saturday night Gary Alexander was ecstatic! “I always knew he is a nice horse, but I didn’t think he was this good!” He added that Pierre Jourdan had surprised them all when winning the Tony Ruffel Stakes in his second run after a layoff earlier in February.

And Fisani’s win in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2) franked the form more substantially in Alexander’s mind. She had finished second to Pierre Jourdan in the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup in November last year. “She’s also a really good horse!” he enthused.

Alexander has had many really good horses in his stable, like Mosszao (Gold Bowl), Imperious Sue (Fillies Guineas), dual Oaks winner Icy Air, Tommy Hotspur, Ruby Clipper (Allan Robertson Fillies Championship), Drum Star, Flying Promise, Elegant Al, Silver Sliver (SA Derby) and Timber Trader (SA Derby) but he says: “This one’s a champion. You wait a lifetime for a horse like this to come along!”

“There’s something special about this one. I haven’t pushed him for it. What he’s achieved, he’s done on his own. Now he faces a hard season, which is fine. He’s been prepped for it. We’ll see what happens. I am looking forward to it!”

Alexander continued: “It was the way he did it! He looked like he was in trouble going through the 400m and then he picked it up. What I liked most was his turn of foot and that he won so easily after making up tons of ground. He’s a special horse.”

Now, he says, it’s just a matter of keeping Pierre Jourdan on track for the other two SASCOC Triple Crown races, the 1800m SA Classic and 2450m SA Derby. And, given the way Pierre Jourdan won the Gauteng Guineas, the 1800m of the SA Classic should not pose any stamina problems for the Parade Leader gelding.

Pierre Jourdan took Saturday’s race well, his trainer said. “He’s got a nice, even temperament, which makes him easy to train.”

Although the Racing Express panel believe Pierre Jourdan to be the Star for February, they did feel that Mike de Kock deserves a special mention.

Among Mike de Kock’s 13 local winners in February were five feature successes: Mother Russia (Empress Club Stakes Gr1), Fisani (Gauteng Fillies Guineas Gr1), Braggadacio (Hawaii Stakes Gr2), Rudra (Wolf Power Handicap) and Milk And Honey (Acacia Handicap). He has also had 11 winners at the Dubai International Racing Carnival since it started on 28 January and is currently standing second on the Dubai trainers’ log.

THE ALEXANDER CODE

pierre jourdan, emilio baisero, dean alexander, derreck davis, gary alexander racing
pierre jourdan, emilio baisero, dean alexander, derreck davis, gary alexander racing
fisani, ronnie napier, bev napier
fisani, ronnie napier, bev napier

Left : Pierre Jourdan - Gauteng Guineas (Gr2)

Right : Fisani - Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Gr2)

(Photos : JC Photographics)

OF GARY ALEXANDER, SHEIKH MOHAMMED AND RONNIE NAPIER

For some years now, the Gary Alexander yard have fed off the fruits of the Ready To Run sale, deservedly fielding money earners in every one of the Emperors Palace Cup’s first three renewals. This year, they visited the mountaintop with R60 000 buy, Pierre Jourdan, now the winner of five of his first six and more than R1,6 million.

One of the calls I was compelled to make (even at 3:15 am Asiatic time) was to the Alexanders, all of whom were quick to point out they hadn’t only won the Gauteng Guineas with Pierre Jourdan, but they’d also trained the dams respectively of the runner-up, Havasha, and the Gauteng Fillies Guineas heroine, Fisani.

In another interrelated fact, Fisani’s co-owner, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum was also a co-bred (with Summerhill) of Pierre Jourdan, while Ronnie Napier (South Africa’s long serving racing ambassador), is an accomplice in the ownership of both the 2008 Guineas ace, Imbongi as well as Fisani.

Goes to show, loyalty pays!

THE VALUE OF FRIENDS AND SOME POWERFUL PARALLELS

gauteng guineas winning margin
gauteng guineas winning margin

CLICK TO ENLARGE : Pierre Jourdan winning the Gauteng Guineas

(Photo : Robin Bruss)

OF DUAL GUINEAS PRECEDENTS AND GREAT SENSATIONS

Five Olympic gold medals is the all-time record of Ian “Thorpedo” Thorpe of Australia. Sitting with him at breakfast this morning before leaving for the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne, I couldn’t help thinking how closePierre Jourdan’s 5wins from 6 starts comes to emulating this great Olympian’s own staggering achievement. And I couldn’t, as a one-time sportsman myself, help thinking how perfectly suited this man would be to racehorse ownership. That he declined the invitation this morning, doesn’t mean he’ll always be beyond reach. There’s always breakfast tomorrow!

The one thing this game does is reach to the inner sanctums of most people’s hearts, and there are very few who can claim exemption. Even in his frenetic routine, His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho, found time to call and congratulate the Summerhill Team on its dual Guineas victory. We don’t know whether there is a precedent for such a double in history, but it certainly ranks with the best sensations known to man.

SUPER GUINEAS SUNDAY

pierre jourdan gauteng guineas
pierre jourdan gauteng guineas
fisani gauteng fillies guineas
fisani gauteng fillies guineas

Left : Pierre Jourdan : Gauteng Guineas (Gr2)

Right : Fisani : Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Gr2)

(Photos : JC Photographics)

TURFFONTEIN RACECOURSE

28 FEBRUARY 2010

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Mick GossOn the self same weekend in 2008, I was startled out of deep slumber by the kind of jolt none of us understand. In Australia for the Melbourne sale, my time zone had me 9 hours ahead of South Africa, and it was a “Guineas” premonition that sat me up. Affiliate to Sky Channel revealed the last moments of the Gauteng Guineas, and voila! Imbongi surged to the front in that instant, and it was over in strides.

Last night (back in Melbourne again) it was an SMS from my daughter Bronwyn, that raised the alarm. We all knew we had a big hand with Pierre Jourdan in the Colts version, but at 1.15am this was a bit earlier than we expected, Fisani it was, of six Mike de Kock entries in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas, who’d repelled the thrust of the “Aussie”, Generous Aura, to take the R500k event with a courageous rally, providing His Highness Sheikh Mohammed with his third Classic winner inside of a fortnight (following Musirand Raihana) in the UAE.

No Red Bull required to keep the eyelids open for the R1 million colts edition, and this time, Pierre Jourdan was clinical, getting away from his erstwhile Summerhill paddockmate, Havasha, by three, and destroying the hopes of Australia again as compatriots Galileo’s Galaxy and Flying Tristram struggled on for the minor money. It’s always good taking on the boys from Down Under, but even better when you’re in your own backyard.

This was a helluva result for Summerhill in general, and for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run in particular. The first three protagonists home in the R1,5 million race by that name, was the Fillies Guineas first, and first and second in the Colts Guineas. No matter your politics, this was a shattering blow to those that would deny the nation’s fourth richest race, its Black type status any longer. Only a bigot could resist henceforth, and we must hope that the powers that manage these things, will finally acknowledge the need to join the rest of the world, and give the race the recognition it deserves.

PIERRE JOURDAN : GAUTENG GUINEAS RESULTS AND VIDEO

pierre jourdan gauteng guineas video
pierre jourdan gauteng guineas video

Click above to watch Pierre Jourdan winning the Gauteng Guineas (Gr2)

(Footage : SuperSport)

GAUTENG GUINEAS (Gr2)

(1st Leg of the SA Triple Crown)

PIERRE JOURDAN (Parade Leader x Vin Fizz by Qui Danzig)

3 Year Old Bay Gelding

Owners : Emilio Baisero and Gary Alexander

Trainer : Gary Alexander

Jockey : Derreck David

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 97.08

Career Record : 5 Wins, 1 Place, 6 Starts

RACE RESULT

TURFFONTEIN 1600m TURF

28 FEBRUARY 2010

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0

PIERRE JOURDAN

57.0

107

3

D David

Gary Alexander

2

2.75

HAVASHA

57.0

96

11

P Strydom

Mike de Kock

3

3.00

GALILEO’S GALAXY (Aus)

57.0

103

6

A Marcus

Charles Laird

4

4.25

FLYING TRISTRAM (Aus)

57.0

94

9

J Geroudis

Charles Laird

5

4.50

IWANNADANCE

57.0

90

1

S Chambers

Roy Magner

6

4.75

BULSARA

57.0

102

10

M Odendaal

Gavin van Zyl

7

5.25

SERVICE ACE

57.0

85

7

G Lerena

Mike Azzie

8

6.00

NYAKATHO

57.0

98

5

S Brown

Ernie Anderson

9

7.50

GLUWEIN

54.5

100

13

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

10

15.00

SMANJEMANJE

57.0

91

14

S Khumalo

Tyrone Zackey

11

17.50

DELLOTTO

57.0

97

2

*D Mansour

Kumaran Naidoo

12

18.25

DRAW BRIDGE

57.0

85

4

G Wrogemann

Robbie Sage

13

26.50

FORT PETERSBURG

57.0

95

12

G Figueroa

Dominic Zaki

14

28.00

MAHOGANY

57.0

85

8

M Mienie

Paul Matchett

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TALKING OF STRENGTH, THIS IS A DEPTH CHARGE

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Havasha

(Photo : Gold Circle/MRX)

GAUTENG GUINEAS

AND GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS

South Africa is a country of great cultural and geographic diversity. Capetonions live in a first world Mediterranean environment between two oceans, among seas of vineyards. The Highveld is a tableland, part arid, part temperate and part bushveld, and is home to some of the richest mines in the world and the greatest animal diversity. East of the Drakensberg, those of us who live in KwaZulu Natal celebrate the fact that we’re Africa’s Canaan, the land of milk and honey, often referred to as the Garden Province. Warm oceans, great mountains, the big five, and home to South Africa’s champion racehorse breeders.

Racing people and their horses, we tend to follow the seasons, with the beginning of the year punctuated by the Cape’s Summer “Sizzler”, as they call it, while the Johannesburg region hosts two racing seasons, one in spring and other in autumn, which has just gotten underway. And then, as the chills of winter descend on the frosty Highveld, racing comes to this part of the world, and it’s usually here, because of the season’s end and the number of Grade One events, that we generally see the emergence of our national champions.

Right now, it’s Guineas time in Gauteng (Johannesburg), and the best of the region’s three year olds meet on Saturday for the first of their Triple Crown, in the respective Colts (R1 million) and Fillies (R500k) versions of the Guineas.

Of course, these races are open to contestants from every region, and it’s often the case that horses raid from KwaZulu Natal, though not that often from the Cape. This means, in the context of this year’s three year old colts, that the Cape Guineas and Derby winners (Noordhoek Flyer and Bravura) will not be there, but in Galileo’s Galaxy, who was a good second in the Cape Guineas, we at least have a line on the form. Otherwise, all the suspects are there, and it’s a statement about the depth of the horses from this farm, that four of the fifteen entrants (27%) are from the self-same crop.

Not only that, but they’re all graduates of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, as is Fisani, who takes her place among contestants for the Fillies classic.

For the record, the Summerhill colts have the millionaire, Pierre Jourdan, at the head of the list, while Nyakatho,Havasha and Smanjemanje, make up the balance of a formidable quartet.

BATTING FOR GUINEAS GLORY

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smanjemanje and pieere jourdan

Smanjemanje and Pierre Jourdan

(Photo : JC Photographics)

GAUTENG GUINEAS (GR2)

TURFFONTEIN

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Charl Pretorius www.racingweb.co.zaPlease find following pen pictures and opening betting for the R1million Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2) to be run at Turffontein this Saturday, 27 February. The Gauteng Guineas is the first leg of the SASCOC Triple Crown and is one of four major feature races on the day.

1 PIERRE JOURDAN

R60,000 Buy from the Summerhill draft at the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, strong and smart with a fine turn of foot. Has won four of five starts including the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and more recently a 1400m contest at this track where he beat Galileo’s Galaxy (2kg worse off) by a neck with Echohawk close behind in third. First time this distance but he should enjoy the 1600m. Big chance from an inside draw, to make it two from the last three runnings of this race for Summerhill following Imbongi’s big victory in 2007.

Career record: 4 Wins, 1 Place, 5 Runs. Earnings: R999,425.

2 ECHOHAWK

Talented galloper with good looks to match. He has proved he is not too far off the best of his generation and stayed on resolutely when third behind Pierre Jourdan over 1400m here last time. Better this trip, which brings him right into the reckoning, especially as he is handily drawn and Gavin Lerena rides again.

Career record: 3 Wins, 2 Places, 7 Runs. Earnings: R177,425.

3 GALILEO’S GALAXY

Impressive son of Galileo. Has performed consistently well at the highest level and can be considered unlucky not to have won a feature to date. Runner-up last three starts including going down to Noordhoek Flyer in the Cape Guineas. Something to find with Pierre Jourdan on his last effort, but utmost respect.

Career record: 2 Wins, 3 Places, 5 Runs. Earnings: R442,500.

4 BULSARA

Trainer Gavin van Zyl says Bulsara is an “awesome thoroughbred” and one can ignore his only failure, when downfield in the Dingaans after being forced to check and thereafter taking no interest. His best runs include a 3.25-length drubbing of Grade 1 winner Exhilaration. One for the shortlist.

Career record: 2 Wins, 3 Places, 7 Runs. Earnings: R291,380.

5 NYAKATHO

Nyakatho’s form looked ordinary until he came within half a length of beating Dingaans hero Curved Ball in the Secretariat Stakes over 1800m. That seemed to show, however, that his strength lies in races beyond 1600m and he can be given only an outside place chance in this contest.

Career record: 1 Win, 4 Places, 8 Runs. Earnings: R133,250.

6 DELLOTTO

One of several sons of former Durban July winner Dynasty to come to the fore this season. Showed a depth of ability when beating a few decent older horses in the 1800m Michael Roberts Handicap last month. Dellotto looks better over a bit more ground, but that doesn’t mean he can’t flash up late and snatch a place.

Career record: 3 Wins, 4 Places, 9 Runs. Earnings: R187,000.

7 HAVASHA

This son of Kahal has flattered only to deceive, but is the only runner to have lowered the colours of Pierre Jourdan (now 2.5kg better off for a nose beating). The stable feels he needs to be gelded after disappointing last time out, but Piere Strydom gets a rare ride for Mike de Kock so don’t leave him out of Quartets.

Career record: 3 Wins, 2 Places, 7 Runs. Earnings: R363,800.

8 FORT PETERSBURG

The second of two runners from the stable of Dominic Zaki, who will also saddle Echohawk. A capable and stoutly bred individual with good future prospects. Fourth in the 1600m Dingaans back in November, but held by runner-up Galileo’s Galaxy on that form and faced with a wide draw. Small place chance.

Career record: 1 Win, 5 Places, 6 Runs. Earnings: R117,200.

9 FLYING TRISTRAM

Another well-bred and talented individual from Charles Laird’s stable, he has worked his way through minor ranks and now faces his sternest test. His stable companion Galileo’s Galaxy is preferred, but this one looks a top sort in the making. Don’t be surprised if he lays down a serious challenge.

Career record: 3 Wins, 3 Places, 6 Runs. Earnings: R165,025.

10 SMANJEMANJE

Smanjemanje has turned in a number of good runs, including a fourth to Exhilaration in the Grade 1 Premier’s Stakes and a narrow defeat by Pierre Jourdan in a 1450m Progress Plate at level weights here last October. Doesn’t always run to that level of form though and has a tough task here from a wide draw.

Career record: 2 Wins, 6 Places, 11 Runs. Earnings: R179,000.

11 IWANNADANCE

Has taken a bit of time to come to hand and has been racing against much weaker opposition than he encounters in this event. But there was much to like about his victory over 1450m on the inside track recently and he is obviously still improving. Should also be suited to this longer distance. Outside place chance.

Career record: 2 Wins, 6 Places, 11 Runs. Earnings: R211,225.

12 DRAW BRIDGE

Beat feature-placed Nyakatho in a Maiden Plate in only his second outing and that suggests he is well above average. But he has done nothing in his three subsequent runs to indicate he is up to the task of shaping in this class and has had only one run since a rest after missing a preparatory run because of rain.

Career record: 1 Win, 1 Place, 5 Runs. Career earnings: R58,650.

13 MAHOGANY

This son of leading stallion Silvano has shown marked improvement since being rested and gelded, posting two nice wins in succession this year. He quickened away from his rivals in a minor handicap over 1450m in his last start. But this is a big step up in class and he looks to have a mountain to climb.

Career record: 2 Wins, 4 Places, 7 Runs. Earnings: R118,375.

14 SERVICE ACE

Troublesome at the start of his races, Service Ace recently spent a week in the care of this country’s own “Horse Whisperer” Malan du Toit. Trainer Mike Azzie believes this has done the trick for his beautifully bred charge, who he rates as a serious classic contender this season. Azzie’s opinion must be respected.

Career record: 1 Win, 2 Places, 5 Runs. Earnings: R71,275.

15 GLUWEIN

Trainer Mike de Kock has a tremendous string of three-year-old fillies this season and he’s pitched Gluwein in against the males instead of aiming her at the Gauteng Fillies Guineas. She produced a terrific late burst to deadheat with Love Is In the Air in the 1600m Majorca Stakes on J&B Met Day and has to be considered.

Career record: 3 Wins, 3 Places, 6 Runs. Earnings: R323,225.

FINAL FIELD

#

DR

HORSE

TRAINER

JOCKEY

WEIGHT

MR

1

3

PIERRE JOURDAN

Gary Alexander

D David

57.0

107

2

4

ECHOHAWK

Dominic Zaki

G Lerena

57.0

103

3

7

GALILEO’S GALAXY

Charles Laird

A Marcus

57.0

103

4

11

BULSARA

Gavin van Zyl

M Odendaal

57.0

102

5

6

NYAKATHO

Ernie Anderson

S Brown

57.0

98

6

2

DELLOTTO

Kumaran Naidoo

M Yeni

57.0

97

7

12

HAVASHA

Mike de Kock

P Strydom

57.0

96

8

13

FORT PETERSBURG

Dominic Zaki

G Figueroa

57.0

95

9

10

FLYING TRISTRAM (Aus)

Charles Laird

J Geroudis

57.0

94

10

15

SMANJEMANJE

Tyrone Zackey

S Khumalo

57.0

91

11

1

IWANNADANCE

Roy Magner

S Chambers

57.0

90

12

5

DRAW BRIDGE

Robbie Sage

G Wrogermann

57.0

85

13

9

MAHOGANY

Paul Matchett

M Mienie

57.0

85

14

8

SERVICE ACE

Mike Azzie

C Orffer

57.0

85

15

14

GLUWEIN

Mike de Kock

A Delpech

54.5

100

OPENING BETTING

2-1 Pierre Jourdan, 5-2 Galileo’s Galaxy, 7-1 Echohawk, Havasha, Gluwein, 10-1 Flying Tristram, 12-1 Bulsara, 20-1 Fort Petersburg, 35-1 Dellotto, 33-1 Nyakatho, 50-1 the rest of the field.

Dancer’s Daughter raids Empress Club Stakes

dancers daughterDancer’s Daughter
(JC Photos/Africana)

David Thiselton writes in The Sunday Tribune that the champion grey race mare, Dancer’s Daughter, powered home to the cheers of the crowd at Turffontein on Saturday in the Grade 1 R1 million Laurie Jaffee Empress Club Stakes over 1600m and probably gave South African horseracing a huge boost in the process.

Whereas the champions of yesteryear toured the country to run in all of the big features, Johannesburg had not seen one of the Cape’s big horses for sometime, as it has become the norm for them to concentrate exclusively on the Cape summer and Durban winter seasons.

Trainer Justin Snaith said after the race that having consistently told the public that Dancer’s Daughter , a daughter of Shadwell Stud’s Act One, was one the best females ever to race in the country, it would have been “criminal” not to bring her to Johannesburg to prove it.

Justin Snaith expressed recently that when he talked it was actually his horse doing the talking and how Dancer’s Daughter did so on Saturday, slicing through the field like a knife through butter in the straight before easily repelling the challenge of the Mike de Kock–trained Milk and Honey.

During her Johannesburg campaign, Dancer’s Daughter has been cared for by five time South African champion trainer, Geoff Woodruff, at the Vaal and the only question mark had been whether his stable jockey, Mark Khan, would be able to settle the notoriously headstrong mare. Mark Khan, the reigning champion jockey of South Africa, did so to perfection and had her near the tail behind horses from early on.

The Johannesburg public can now look forward to the Graham Beck-owned grey running in two more Grade 1 races in April, the Horse Chestnut Stakes and the Champions Challenge.

Her legend is sure to grow to epic proportions if she pulls off the treble that nobody had envisioned her taking part in just over a month ago, as she was being prepared for the J&B Met amid rumours that she would then head overseas.

The better she does, the better it will be for the reputation of her J&B Met conqueror, Pocket Power, who is no doubt one of best the horses to ever race in South Africa.

Milk And Honey ran a fine race to finish only one length back, as the rest of the field were strung out like the washing, the Ormond Ferraris-trained Gypsy’s Warning finishing third and the Mike Miller-trained KwaZulu-Natal challenger Outcome next best.

The first leg of the triple crown, the Grade 2 R1-million Gauteng Guineas, saw a dramatic finish with the Charles Laird-trained Oracy scraping home by a whisker under Anton Marcus ahead of dead-heaters, the Paul Matchett-trained Cerise Cherry and the Tyrone Zackey-trained Royal Rez.

Oracy, a New Zealand-bred by Zabeel, is owned by Markus Jooste. Still unbeaten, he is favoured by some to land the Triple Crown and this was going to be his toughest leg as he would prefer further.

Still, the proximity of 92-rated Royal Rez once again casts a doubt over the class of this season’s three year old male crop.

Charles Laird, Anton Marcus and Markus Jooste earlier combined to win the Grade 2 Hawaai Stakes over 1400m with odds-on favourite Our Giant, who ran out a comfortable one-length winner over what would appear to be his favourite trip.

The Mike Miller-trained KwaZulu-Natal raider, The Big Ask, a graduate of the Summerhill Ready To Run, ran a fine second, while another out of town horse, the Zimbabwean Lisa Harris-trained Earl Of Surrey finished third.

The Mike de Kock-trained Zirconeum romped home in the first leg of the Triple Tara, the Grade 2 R500 000 Gauteng Fillies Guineas, winning by 3.5 lengths from the Geoff Woodruff-trained Sharp Mistress and the Paul Matchett-trained Golden Scold. Zirconeum is owned by Chris, Andrew and Doug Haynes, together with Gary Grant and Mike de Kock himself.